Dick Harmon: Donny Osmond visits BYU spring practice, Jake Heaps
The Donny and Marie show at the Flamingo is the highest-percentage sellout act in Las Vegas, and it just finished performance No. 500.
I asked him what he would have chosen to do in life if he'd never sung a song or performed on stage.
"I'd want to be a BYU quarterback."
Osmond said his work is hard but if it wasn't still fun, he'd stop right now. Donny told Bronco Mendenhall when he was done singing and performing, he'd like a job with the team.
Mendenhall didn't know what to say. Donny got him.
As it stands, Donny Osmond is the best athlete in a very large family. He works out tirelessly with a personal trainer called The Hamster in Las Vegas. He is in tremendous shape, and if you see the show in Vegas, he puts on a grueling physical display, just like he did on "Dancing With the Stars" — a show that drew in the likes of Hall of Fame football players Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice.
Marie always tells Donny, 'you're leaking,' because he sweats so much during the performance.
"I am a big fan of Brigham Young University," said Donny. "I stay busy but I watch them when I can. We had Bronco Mendenhall and his wife Holly and their kids to our show. We had them come back stage after the show and had a great time. This should be a great year for them and I wish them luck."
He said he records BYU games and watches them when his schedule allows.
"And, hello, excuse me, I'm a Jimmer fan," Osmond said. "I'm an official member of Jimmermania."
The surprise appearance Tuesday was a unique practice item. It did leave BYU players wondering what was up.
He departed almost as quickly as he arrived.
Osmond's example is something that does inspire folks — and always has. He is always on cue, cracking jokes, trying to make others laugh.
Performing. He can turn it on one minute and the next get deadly serious, talking about his son who is serving an LDS mission in the Netherlands.
Donny Osmond has generated millions of dollars over the years for several charitable organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Best Buddies, The Children's Miracle Network, and The One Heart Foundation.
He is the author of The New York Times bestselling book "Life Is What You Make It", in which he revealed his battle with social phobia, a common but debilitating anxiety disorder that threatened not only his career, but his very life as well. He narrated the PBS documentary "Afraid of People?", bringing this little-known phobia to the public's attention.
To spontaneously show up at a college football practice and throw around a ball for a few minutes with Heaps? It was right in his wheelhouse.
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